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Malay Islamic Historiography (ca. XIII–XIX) Regarding Finance and Taxes in the Malay World

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Abstract Malay Islamic historiography from the 13th to the 19th centuries (Hikayat Raja Pasai, Sejarah Melayu, Hikayat Aceh, Peringatan Sejarah Negri Johor, Tuhfat al-Nafis) is well known and recognised as one of the most important sources of history of the Malay world; including, but not limited to the history of economic development in the area. Malay historical chronicles are narrative works written in the Arabic script Jawi, composed in the courts of Malay Muslim rulers (Namely Sultans and Yang Dipertuan) and dedicated to their activities, lives and great services performed for their countries. Commonly speaking, these texts share a common structure, containing a segment devoted to genealogies (silsilah) and a narrative part. Malay Islamic historical chronicles contain a wealth of information and references concerning the history of finance and taxes in the Malay world. This information may be divided into the following subjects: money and coins (banknotes), goods as monetary substitutes; prices; fees and taxes, as well as the credit and loan system etc. The analysis of such information could be highly useful in studying Malay economical and social development from its proper perspectives.

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